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Post Left Hander taken 6th overall by Tigers in draft
Big kid: 6-6, 210. Played for North Carolina Tarheels. Royals considered taking him #1 overall. Here is his bio from the Tarheels website:

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2006 PRESEASON HONORS
? 2006 Baseball America Preseason All-America
? 2006 Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America
? 2006 NCBWA Preseason All-America
? 2006 RosenblattReport.com Preseason All-America
? 2006 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List
? 2006 Roger Clemens Award Watch List
? 2006 Baseball America Preseason All-ACC
? 2006 RosenblattReport.com Preseason All-ACC
? 2006 SEBaseball.com Preseason All-ACC
? 2006 No. 1 Junior Prospect (Baseball America)
? 2006 ACC's Best Fastball (Baseball America)

2006 HONORS
? 2006 Lousville Slugger First-team All-America
? 2006 ACC Pitcher of the Year
? 2006 First-team All-ACC
? ACC Pitcher of the Week (March 27)
? ACC Pitcher of the Week (April 3)
? ACC Pitcher of the Week (May 22)
? 2006 Baseball America's Top Pitcher at Midseason
? 2006 SEBaseball.com ACC Midseason Pitcher of the Year
? 2006 Golden Spikes Award Finalist
? 2006 Roger Clemens Award Semifinalist
? 2006 Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
? 2006 Brooks Wallace Award Semifinalist


GENERAL
One of the top prospects for the 2006 MLB Draft ? Semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy, Roger Clemens Award and Brooks Wallace Award ? Collegiate Baseball first-team All-America ? Carolina career leader in strikeouts with 300 ? Also third in Tar Heels history with 26 wins.

AS A JUNIOR (2006)
Recognized as a first-team Louisville Slugger All-America by Collegiate Baseball ? ACC Pitcher of the Year and earned first-team All-ACC honors ? Won 12 of 15 starts and sports a 12-2 record ? Has allowed 26 earned runs in 103.2 innings for a 2.26 ERA ? Fanned career-best 108 batters and walked just 35 ? Struck out 10-plus batters four times this season and eight times in his career ? Gone six-plus innings in 14 of 15 starts and has worked at least seven innings in nine of his last 14 outings ? Owns four shutout performances of six or more innings this season and has allowed just four extra-base hits all year (only one home run) ? 5-1 with a 1.27 ERA in six starts against nationally-ranked opponents in the regular season ? 8-1 with a 1.94 ERA in ACC regular season play ? Owns the Carolina career strikeout record with 300 and is third with 26 victories ? Named ACC Pitcher of the Week March 27, April 3 and May 22 ? Picked up first career postseason win versus Winthrop June 3 after allowing four runs and striking out six in eight-plus innings ? Allowed just two hits over eight innings to beat Boston College May 18 to become Carolina's first 11-game winner since 1995 ? Fanned 11 Eagle batters to set the school career strikeout mark and earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors following this start ? Allowed just one earned and struck out eight at No. 9 Virginia May 12 but suffered first loss of the season ? Became the Tar Heels' first 10-game winner since 2000 with a victory at Duke April 28 ? Allowed just three runs on five hits over 8.1 innings against No. 7 NC State April 21 ? Gave up just five hits and no earned runs over eight innings versus Virginia Tech April 14 ? Picked up win No. 7 after allowing just two earned runs on five hits over six innings at No. 14 Miami April 7 ? Held No. 1 Florida State scoreless on four hits over seven innings March 31 ? Struck out nine Seminoles and had just one ball hit in the air en route to the fourth conference pitching honor in his career ? Also named ACC POW after striking out a career-best 13 batters over seven shutout innings against No. 4 Georgia Tech March 24 ? Allowed just four hits and one walk versus the Jackets ? Allowed just one unearned run and three hits in eight innings at Wake Forest March 12 ? Notched 10 strikeouts over seven innings in a win over Purdue March 5 ? Struck out 11 in seven shutout innings in a win against George Washington Feb. 26 ? Allowed just two hits with none coming after the third inning ? Went six shutout innings with nine strikeouts in a season-opening win over Seton Hall Feb. 19 ? Surpassed the 200-strikeout mark for his career against the Pirates.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2005)
One of the nation's top starting pitchers and Carolina's Friday starter for much of the season ? Earned second-team All-ACC honors for the second straight season ? Posted an 8-4 record and a 2.98 earned run average in 96.2 innings ? Made 16 starts ? Struck out 104 batters, which ranks as the seventh-best total in Tar Heel history and the most since 1995 ? Limited opponents to a .230 batting average ? Led the ACC with 9.68 strikeouts per nine innings and was fifth in innings per start (6.04), sixth in opponent batting average and seventh in ERA ? Issued 52 walks and hit 19 batters, including seven against Virginia April 1 ? Semifinalist for the Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy and named to watch lists for the Brooks Wallace Award, Roger Clemens Award and Golden Spikes Award ? Named preseason second-team All-America by Baseball America and preseason third-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball ? Also selected midseason second-team All-America by Baseball America ? Earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors Feb. 28 and March 21 ? Carried no-hitters into the sixth inning versus both Birmingham Southern and Clemson ? Allowed only one earned run over his first three starts - wins over Appalachian State, UNC Wilmington and Birmingham Southern - and gave up just three earned runs over his first seven starts ? Opened the season 7-0 ? Fanned a career-high 12 batters in a no-decision versus Arizona State March 4 ? Followed a win at Virginia Tech with 11 strikeouts and just two hits allowed over seven innings at Clemson March 18 ? Struck out eight and did not allow an earned run in a March 25 win over Wake Forest ? Fanned 10 and surrendered just two hits over seven shutout innings at Maryland April 8 ? Struck out nine over seven innings to earn final win of the season against Duke April 22 ? Pitched well in losses to Wake Forest at the ACC Tournament and to Florida in his hometown of Gainesville in the NCAA Regional. Summer 2005: Pitched with the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod League ? Named the College Summer Player of the Year by Baseball America and rated as the No. 1 prospect in the Cape by the publication ? Selected by scouts as the winner of the Robert A. McNeece Outstanding Pro Prospect Award and shared the league's B.F.C. Whitehouse Outstanding Pitching Award ? Named to the league's All-Star Game for the second straight season ? Was 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA ? Fanned 66 batters in just 49 innings ? Made eight starts.

AS A FRESHMAN (2004)
One of the country's top freshman hurlers ? Picked up second-team All-ACC honors and was named to Baseball America's All-Freshman second team ? Led the Tar Heel starters with a 2.93 earned run average and posted a 6-3 record ? Fanned a team-best 88 batters in 89.0 innings ? Limited the opposition to a .202 batting average, which led the ACC ? Made 15 starts and three relief appearances on the season ? Ranked third in the ACC in ERA and fifth with 8.90 strikeouts per nine innings ? Fired six shutout innings versus Gardner-Webb in his first collegiate start on February 25 ? Also tossed 5.2 shutout innings versus UNC Asheville on March 9 ? Struggled with his control early in the season but made the jump to the weekend rotation for the California series (March 14) ? Allowed just one earned run and struck out eight in 6.1 innings against Clemson on April 18 ? Tossed seven shutout innings at Duke on April 25 ? Fanned a season-best 11 batters and gave up just three hits in eight shutout innings at No. 2 Miami on May 16 ? Threw his first career complete game, allowing just two runs and striking out seven, against Duke in the ACC Tournament on May 28 ? Recorded six games with at least six strikeouts. Summer 2004: Pitched for the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod League ? Named the league's No. 1 Major League prospect by Baseball America ? Went 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA and earned a spot in the league's all-star game ? Fanned 48 batters in 40 innings ? In a game called by fog, struck out 12 batters in four innings ? Struck out the side on 15 pitches in the all-star game.

BUCHHOLZ HIGH SCHOOL
Third round (63rd overall) draft pick of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays out of Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Fla. ? Florida Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior ? Also earned preseason and postseason high school All-America honors in 2003 ? First-team all-state choice as a senior after earning third-team honors his junior season ? Honor Roll student.

PERSONAL Andrew Mark Miller is the son of David and Kim Miller ? Born May 21, 1985, in Gainesville, Fla. ? Majoring in business administration ? Favorite athlete is Maria Sharapova ? Favorite pro teams are the Florida Marlins and Jacksonville Jaguars ? Has modeled his game after Tony Stewart ? Favorite movie is "Days of Thunder" ? Lists "The DaVinci Code" as his favorite book ? Enjoys playing golf ? Favorite food is steak and favorite way to pass time on bus trips is by playing Uno ? Uncle Dan Miller played football at the University of Miami and in the USFL and NFL.


MILLER'S CAREER PITCHING STATISTICS (AS OF MAY 19)
YEAR W-L ERA G-GS CG Sv Sh IP H R ER BB SO WP
2004 6-3 2.93 18-15 1 0 0 89.0 64 40 29 48 88 8
2005 8-4 2.98 16-16 2 0 0 96.2 78 45 32 52 104 8
2006 12-2 2.26 15-15 0 0 0 103.2 82 40 26 35 108 8
Totals 26-9 2.71 49-46 3 0 0 289.1 224 125 87 135 300
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June 6th, 2006, 2:41 pm
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I don't really follow the baseball draft because I don't know who any of those guys are. With that said, his stats look good to me and you can never have enough pitchers. Hopefully, he'll turn out to be the next Verlander.

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This guy is supposedly the best talent in the draft. The reason he fell to the Tigers are concerns about his signability. Hopefully the Tigers will get him signed quickly and into their system this year. He has the talent to be pitching in the bigs in 2008.

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June 7th, 2006, 7:33 am
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He's on ESPN right now. UNC vs. Bama. Made his first batter look stupid and looked in complete control. Big guy, 6-6 and has a funky delivery. Kind of like Randy Johnson.


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I watched some of the UNC vs. Bama game and the kid looked good. Maybe a bit rough around the edges but with some work he could become a good starter.

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Living down here in tarheel country I've heard a lot about him. Good pickup especially since he wasn't suppose to be there at 6!!!

WTG Dembrowski.

There was another Tarheel highly touted, don't know where he ended up.

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From what I've read, the reason he fell is because he wants a $9M signing bonus. The teams picking ahead of the Tigers weren't willing to pay that, so they passed. I doubt that he will get that from the Tigers, but we could see a prolonged holdout until he settles for $6M or so. If he doesn't sign by the spring, he'll go right back into the 2007 draft.

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slybri19 wrote:
If he doesn't sign by the spring, he'll go right back into the 2007 draft.


Sounds to me that they need to restructure the way the draftee's are signed. It looks like they are given to much power. "Accept what I want or I'll go back into the draft"

If you change it then the teams probably will have to much power.

i guess the way they have it is best, I don't know of too many players not signing and then re-entering the draft.

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looks like the Tigers have signed 18 players that they drafted already. The highest round inked was the 8th rounder.

http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/downloads/2006_Draft_Signees.pdf

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